Will Hunting (Damon), is a mathematical genius who earns his keep as a janitor at the prestige school of MIT. Though a genius in his own right, Will lacks direction in life. In order to avoid jail time for a series of recent assault charges against him, Will must be willing to learn more about advanced mathematics with a renowned MIT professor, and constantly meet with psychologist Sean Maguire (Williams), who is determined to direct him on the right path towards finding his own identity.
Director Gus Van Sant directs this 1997 drama written by actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who both play starring roles in this piece. Rounding up an excellent cast is Robin williams, Stellan Skarsgard, and Minnie Driver.
The film received Academy and Golden Globe nods for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, a Best Actor nomination for Matt Damon, and Best Supporting role nominations for Robin Williams and Minnie Driver. Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor that year. Damon and Affleck’s efforts also pay off when they took home both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best original screenplay.
This was a really good film. Mostly powered by the compelling story and the excellent performances by its cast. Probably the film that put a then young Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on the Hollywood map as serious actors. The beauty here is in the storytelling and how everything just unfolds at a kind pace. The characters that surround the main character, Will Hunting, are unique on their own, and the relationships he builds with each of them are what make this interesting. Gus Van Sant directs this nicely, and is in my opinion, his best achievement.